Believe it or not, there’s now an Aston Martin available for under a hundred grand. The 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT starts at $99,000 (OK, not much under a hundred), and the sexy roadster doesn’t compromise on style or performance. Powered by a 430 hp V8, this entry level Aston hits 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. At the $100k mark, you’re going to be rowing through the standard 6-speed manual under a hard top – but the Vantage GT is also available as a convertible and has an optional 7-speed SportShift II paddle shift transmission.
The Porsche 911 is already under attack from theCorvette Stingray, but now the latest competition comes from its own family. The new Porsche Cayman GTS packs 340 hp (a 65 hp bump over the base Cayman) and when paired with the PDK transmission hits 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Plus, with its mid-engined layout and lack of a back seat it may feel more at home on the track than it’s bigger brother the 911. Larger intakes and smoked daytime running lights help the GTS stand apart from the base Cayman, and the GTS treatment is also available for the Boxster if you prefer a roofless version. Starting at $75k.
Koenigsegg wants to take a step above the realm of supercars, with their new “megacar” the One:1. The Koenigsegg One:1 is named after it’s virtually one-to-one power to weight ratio (in Kilograms) – It’s turbocharged 5.0 L V8 produces 1341 hp and the car only weighs 1360 kilograms (or 2988 lbs). Instead of traditional 0-60 mph figures, Koenigsegg released the One:1′s 0-249 mph time, which is 20 seconds, but what would you expect from a megacar manufacturer? Expect a top speed over 270 mph and the Bugatti Veyron to take a step down on the supercar performance podium.
The Subaru WRX has always been a great car for the price, and starting at $27k, the 2015 Subaru WRX holds on to its value. Powered by a 268 hp turbocharged flat-4, the WRX hits 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds (although Car and Driver said they sprinted to 60 in 4.8 by dropping the clutch at redline). With a trunk, all-wheel drive, and folding rear seats, the WRX is also extremely more practical than most cars with similar performance and price tags. If you still want more performance, the 2015 WRX STI starts at $35k and boosts power up to 305 hp. Subaru claims the 2015 WRX STI does 0-60 in 5.1 seconds – but we assume that stat is a bit conservative and guesstimate it’s somewhere up to half a second quicker.
Starting at $65k for the standard V6 model, the Jaguar F-TYPE is one sharp sports car inside and out. If looks alone aren’t enough to entice you, the $99k F-TYPE R is available with a Supercharged 5.0 L V8 that puts out 550 hp. In the R, 0-60 mph is achieved in 4.0 seconds and the car has a top speed of 186 mph. All models feature a really great cabin and the F-TYPE is also available as a convertible.
If the hot new Corvette Stingray and Stingray Convertible don’t pack enough punch for you, hold out for the 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06. The supercharged 6.2-L V8 will pack approximately 625 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque, so expect the performance figures to be insane. There’s also going to be a removable carbon fiber roof panel, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, an optional “Z07 package” with even more menacing spoilers than the base Z06 – and we simply can’t wait to hear more about this car as it develops!
There’s no hiding it, we get excited about everything Porsche does. Granted, they have a ridiculous amount of variations for every platform they make (there are now sixteen 911 models!) – but why do we care so much about so many of the iterations? It’s simple, a lot of them are just awesome. The upcoming Porsche 911 Targa model range has a new roof that is revolutionary, yet pays styling homage to it’s 911 Targa ancestors. Available only with all-wheel drive,the Targa range will adorn the 4 moniker with the additive Sport option, which boosts things up to 400 hp. The unique roof system is best explained by watching the video below and Porsche has yet to announce pricing and performance for the Targa. We expect the performance to be similar to the Cabriolet and the pricing to be a bit higher (the Carrera 4 Cabriolet starts at $103k).
After a great run starting in 2004, the Lamborghini Gallardo is ready to step down. It’s successor was just revealed, and the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 means business. Powered by a 602 hp V10, this bull sprints from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of over 202 mph. Like it’s cousin the Audi R8 and predecessor, the Huracan will once again be all-wheel drive, adding some grip to all that power. No word on the price yet, but what will be the most revealing is how it pits up against the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C.
Lamborghini revealed this fun Huracan video yesterday
As we discussed in our recent post for the new 4 Series, the coupe version of the 3 Series split into its own model line – and now both the coupe and sedan are ready for the M treatment. The 2015 M4 coupe (shown above) and M3 sedan will go on sale in summer of 2014, and this time around the M4/M3 trades a V8 for a 425 hp twin-turbo inline six engine. Aggressive body panels and spoilers along with a carbon fiber roof help distinguish these M’s from their less powerful siblings, and the performance over the base models will also be very noticeable. Engineered to be lighter than the previous generation M3, these cars can reach 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds when paired the with updated 7-Speed M Double Clutch transmission. Now we want to see the M4 and new Porsche Cayman square off.